Deal With It: The Minnesota Twins Got a Taste of Their Own Medicine on Sunday!

Whether it’s little league baseball or Major League Baseball, the game has so many “unwritten rules” that it will make you nauseous.

To get straight to the point, the Minnesota Twins were beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-0 in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore; the Twins had allowed just 1 hit to the Orioles when Orioles Catcher, Chance Sisco, came in to face Twins Pitcher, José Berrios.  Sisco had doubled in the third inning, and, as many teams do, the Twins applied the “shift” to defend against Sisco’s hitting.  With the shift applied, the Twins 3rd Baseman, Miguel Sano, was moved to the Shortstop position, and all of the other infielders were moved further to their left, which left a gaping hole on the left side of the infield, open.

Sisco then bunted safely and though the Twins still won 7-0, man did it ruin their day!  Check out these tweets, courtesy of Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) – a Twins beat reporter for MLB.com:

 

 

The fact of the matter is that every and all baseball teams, since the very beginnings of the game, have looked for advantages by exploiting the weaknesses of the opposing team.  Forget baseball, that’s how all sports are played, and that’s how all business is run.  For the Twins to be sour about the Orioles actually capitalizing on their manipulation attempt during a shift is simply a temper tantrum and nothing more.  Twins fans will obviously incorrectly argue my point and some have said it is “stat padding”, which is when a player tries to make his own stats better, but personally, I think it shows teams that it’s best to stay on your heels no matter the situation.  Games are played to a final out.  Period.  There is nothing that says you can’t bunt in that situation, and, as long as it’s within the rules, I’m all for it.  It makes sense to do anything and everything to try and win a game, and/or get a rally started.

The moral of the story is, if you’re willing to try and stop a hitter from hitting, that hitter would be foolish to not try and find a way around it.  Life is about winning and losing, and though the Twins won the game, Chance Sisco helped the Orioles find a solution to a shift, which may pay off well in the long-run.  So to the Minnesota Twins I say, “Deal with it.”.

 

 

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